Memories of Fazeley, written by Joseph T. Hunter in August 2008 when he was 88 years old.

The Motor Cycle Enthusiasts

There were three motorcycle enthusiasts in the village that took up racing. Bert Fidgeon, the owner of the garage, his son Ron and Norman Aucott, who was one of three sons from the timber business. All three of them raced at Donington Park.

Stanley Woods on a Norton was the leading rider of the day and in one race at Donington, Norman led him for several laps before coming to grief at Starkeys Corner.

One way of getting to Donington was the bikes and supporters in the back of an open coal lorry from Aucotts timber wharf with Lol Aucott at the wheel.

There were only about six cars owned by motorists in Fazeley in the mid twenties and the original garage was a low timbered building with a solitary petrol pump outside.

The garage mechanic was Fred Sicily and he gained experience by repairing different faults , but now motorbikes were a different thing. An old photograph from the 20's shows a rally of around 20 cyclists, one cyclist looked like Freddy Sephton who rode a small Francis Barnet to his workplace at Kingsbury Colliery where he was a fitter.

Every year Fidgeon's Garage displayed large black and white photos of the winners of the Isle of Man T.T races and we lads looked forward to seeing them.

Invariably the winner would be Stanley Woods 1st, Frith , 2nd riding Nortons and BSA and Royal Enfield filled the lesser places.

Upon concluding about bikes, one Fazeley Fair around 1938, it was announced that Norman aucott was to attempt to ride the 'Wall of Death' on his own machine. The people flocked in, the regular riders used large India bikes painted red. Normans bike was not big enough, but well tried Norman.